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International News September 18, 2014

Air France pilots strike enters fourth day

A pilots strike at Air France stretched into its fourth day on Thursday, with the two sides still at odds in a dispute over cost cuts that has forced the airline to cancel nearly 60 percent of its flights.

The pilots are carrying out a week-long strike over Air France’s plans to expand the low-cost operations of its Transavia brand by setting up foreign bases as it seeks to fight back against fierce competition from budget carriers.

Air France-KLM Chief…

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International News September 18, 2014

Scots start voting in independence referendum

People in Scotland began voting on Thursday in a referendum on whether the country should become independent or stay part of the United Kingdom.

After an intense final day of campaigning, voters turned up at polling stations in schools and halls as soon they opened at 0600 GMT on a day that will decide the fate of a 307-year-old union.

The first to cast a ballot in Edinburgh’s Waverley Court was a businessman who gave his name as Ron.

“This…

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Local News September 18, 2014

Clothing bank embark on new campaign

By Maria Savva

A THREE month campaign gets underway on October 1 to collect clothes, shoes, linens, bags and belts with the aim to reuse and recycle them, while helping those in need.

The campaign, “All of Cyprus Collects and Provides” organised by the non-profit Anakyklos Perivallontiki, will include schools, churches, charities, food banks and companies that will collect clothing on their premises.

Anakyklos director Doros Michail, said that the aim is to raise awareness and reduce the volume of…

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Local News September 18, 2014

Cypriots start to lose their minds in their late 30s

By Maria Savva

A NEW study has shown that with age, cognitive functions like memory and executive functions start to deteriorate due to changes in brain structure and function, with the changes starting to affect people in their late 30s.

National neurocognitive research conducted by the Centre for Applied Neuroscience of the University of Cyprus, in collaboration with the University of Crete, various municipalities, the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics and the Nicosia Development Agency (ANEL) shows that there…

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Technology September 17, 2014

IPhone comes out of a “bygone era”, reviewers hail bigger handset

Bigger is better and Apple Inc has finally realized that and given iPhone users a product that may be low on novelty but high on improvements, reviewers wrote.

Most reviewers say that the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone available or “ever made”, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has been described as a “phablet” that will give competition to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Galaxy S line of ‘big’ Android phones.

“I think it’s a terrific phone. In my view,…

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International News September 17, 2014

Polls show Scottish opponents of independence with slight lead ahead of vote

By Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout

Scottish supporters of staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of secessionists with just a day to go before Scots vote in an independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed.

The United Kingdom’s fate remains uncertain as the three surveys – from pollsters ICM, Opinium and Survation – showed support for Scottish independence at 48 percent compared to 52 percent backing union.

The polls found 8 to 14 percent of Scotland’s…

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Local News September 17, 2014

Turkish Cypriots mull ‘Disneyland’

Plans are afoot to create a giant theme park in the north, Turkish Cypriot press reported on Tuesday.

According to the reports, ‘Gifa land project’ is being described as a “different version of Disneyland”, to be spread over 100,000 square metres east of northern Nicosia. The project has been submitted to ‘development authorities’ and could create some 300 jobs, the reports said.

They said the company behind the project, Gifa Holding, has said that it was now waiting for the…

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Local News September 17, 2014

Omirou defends parliament’s handling of bailout legislations

By Marie Kambas

Parliament speaker Yiannakis Omirou yesterday defended the track record of lawmakers in handling the fallout from Cyprus’ chaotic bailout last year, comparing the island’s predicament to a “gun to the head”.

“That we are going through a period of anomaly given the dire financial situation of the country is a fact,” said Omirou, who was giving an account of parliament’s activities from August 2013-July 2014. He also said Cyprus’ present economic problems could not be used…

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Local News September 17, 2014

‘Tourism overhaul is what is needed’

Cyprus’ tourism industry needs a complete overhaul, MPs on the House Commerce committee said on Tuesday.

The deputies also called for Cyprus’ airport taxes, among the highest in the world, to come down and for legislation to modernise the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO).

Each tourist that visits Cyprus pays €24 in taxes alone, deputies said, compared to €6 in Rhodes, €17 in Paris and €11 in Berlin.

And while the island’s tourism industry has remained stagnant over the last ten…

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Local News September 16, 2014

Tourism up 6.0 per cent between January and August

Tourist arrivals in Cyprus have reached 373.086 in August 2014 compared to 352.215 in August 2013, recording an increase of 5.9%, according to data released by the Statistical Service.

Based on the results of the Passengers Survey there was an increase of 6.5% tourist arrivals from the UK (from 127.118 in August 2013 to 135.424 in August 2014), an 11.6% increase from Russia (from 99.215 to 110.725) and a whopping 61.7% increase from Israel (from 8.164 to 13.201 this year).

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